Linux has a complicated hierarchy of files and folders that can be confusing right from the start when a user is trying to migrate to Linux. When asked for partition information by the installer, a user may feel uncomfortable continuing. We’ll try to sort through some of that mess here.
Linux has a filesystem hierarchy that is pretty common amongst various flavors of Linux. Let’s look at a few of the most common ones:
Note: It is easy to confuse “root” as in the user and “root” as in the root directory. The two are separate; the root directory is “/”, the root user is “root”.